Woo Hoo! My First Book Royalty Check!


Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) has deposited twenty seven cents into my bank account. Yeah, I know, but it’s a start.

I am a screenwriter, but I chose to publish a few of my screenplays as e-books. I am still learning the mechanics of converting screenplay files into book files. The format appears a little wonky depending upon which electronic device you read with. I am sure I will figure it out eventually.

In the meantime, here is a link to my latest effort.

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It’s Time to Die (movie)


A final message from an ex-military buddy brings Josh to a bar on a Chinese island where he is trapped in the perfect tropical storm.

Hey guys, we need your help. Please check out the video above and share with your family and friends!

How to Write Your First Screenplay


Sample Screenplay Page

Got an idea for a blockbuster movie rattling around in your head? Ever told yourself you’d sit down, write that screenplay and send it off to Hollywood? Although it’s not as simple as it sounds, it’s for sure they don’t give out any Oscars for “good intentions!” Here are some tips to help you get started writing your first screenplay.

Step 1:

Unless you’re writing for a very avant-garde audience, all stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. Since movies generally last about two hours, you should think in terms of your beginning (introduction) lasting about 30 minutes, your middle (development) lasting about 60 minutes, and your end (conclusion) lasting about 30 minutes.

Step 2:

As a rule of thumb, one written page of script is equal to about one minute of action on the screen. Your finished screenplay should be more than 90 pages and less than 120 pages in length.

Step 3:

Screenplays must follow an industry standard format. Fortunately, formatting software is available. Some of it is even free. The beauty of this software is, when you edit or rewrite, it will automatically re-format for you. Check out the Internet for more information on screenplay software.

Step 4:

One method for getting started is with note cards. As you visualize each scene, jot down as much information as you need to remember it. You can arrange and re-arrange the order of scenes in this way.

Step 5:

The moment you create something you have an automatic copyright which is called the statutory copyright. You shouldn’t worry too much about someone stealing your ideas. However, once you have completed your first draft you should register your screenplay at the very least. Check out the Internet for more information on screenplay copyright and registration.

Step 6:

It’s called a movie for a reason. Fill your screenplay with action words and only as much explanation as needed to paint a scene in the director’s mind. Less is more.

Step 7:

Listen to the way people talk. Often, a conversation does not follow a straight path. Try to mimic this in your dialogue while still getting the story told. Again, less is more.

Tips and warnings:
You can read examples of famous and not-so-famous scripts on the Internet for free. Check out free movie scripts.

Once your masterpiece is completed you may want to let family and friends read it. Unless you’re related to a famous Hollywood executive, take what they say with a dose of salt. And if you do know a famous Hollywood exec, why are you reading this?

MINDGAME, a screenplay by Ron Hendricks


Take One!
FADE IN:
EXT. KUWAIT CITY SCRAP YARD -NIGHT
Not long after the first Gulf War two shadowy figures sneak
along a chain link fence.
DIMITRI
(Loud whisper.)
Comrade…over here…
DIMITRI holds up the bottom of the fence so MICHAEL can
slither under. Next it is DIMITRI’s turn, but his butt is
too big. MICHAEL slides out and they try it in reverse
order. Success…
MICHAEL
I think it’s this way…
MICHAEL and DIMITRI approach an old yellow school bus half
hidden with canvas. They force open the door and climb
inside.
MICHAEL and DIMITRI flip on their flashlights and look
around. All but the driver seat is removed and there are a
few empty crates in the corner. Keys dangle from the dash
and a padlocked panel is cut into the floor.
MICHAEL (CONT’D)
Well… what have we here?
Dogs begin barking in the warehouse office. MICHAEL and
DIMITRI freeze. Foreign shouting is heard over the dogs. A
door opens and the dogs get louder and closer!
DIMITRI
Do you suppose they’re friendly?
MICHAEL
I’m not waiting to find out!
(CONTINUED)

If you would like to read more, send me a message and I will send you a copy in PDF format. Ron

How to Write Your First Screenplay


Got an idea for a blockbuster movie rattling around in your head? Ever told yourself you’d sit down, write that screenplay and send it off to Hollywood? Although it’s not as simple as it sounds, it’s for sure they don’t give out any Oscars for “good intentions!” Here are some tips to help you get started writing your first screenplay.

Academy Award
"and the Academy Award for good intentions goes to"...

Step 1
Unless you’re writing for a very avant-garde audience, all stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. Since movies generally last about two hours, you should think in terms of your beginning (introduction) lasting about 30 minutes, your middle (development) lasting about 60 minutes, and your end (conclusion) lasting about 30 minutes.

Step 2
As a rule of thumb, one written page of script is equal to about one minute of action on the screen. Your finished screenplay should be more than 90 pages and less than 120 pages in length.

Step 3
Screenplays must follow an industry standard format. Fortunately, formatting software is available. Some of it is even free. The beauty of this software is, when you edit or rewrite, it will automatically re-format for you. Check out the Internet for more information on screenplay software.

Step 4
One method for getting started is with note cards. As you visualize each scene, jot down as much information as you need to remember it. You can arrange and re-arrange the order of scenes in this way.

Step 5
The moment you create something you have an automatic copyright which is called the statutory copyright. You shouldn’t worry too much about someone stealing your ideas. However, once you have completed your first draft you should register your screenplay at the very least. Check out the Internet for more information on screenplay copyright and registration.

Step 6
It’s called a movie for a reason. Fill your screenplay with action words and only as much explanation as needed to paint a scene in the director’s mind. Less is more.

Step 7
Listen to the way people talk. Often, a conversation does not follow a straight path. Try to mimic this in your dialogue while still getting the story told. Again, less is more.

Tips and warnings:
You can read examples of famous and not-so-famous scripts on the Internet for free.

Once your masterpiece is completed you may want to let family and friends read it. Unless you’re related to a famous Hollywood executive, take what they say with a dose of salt. And if you do know a famous Hollywood exec, why are you reading this?